Friday, March 05, 2010

7 to 3 years in jail for assassination eight

Fiji Times - Friday, March 05, 2010

ALL eight men guilty of conspiring to murder army commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama have been given jail terms half an hour ago.

The highest sentence of seven years was handed down to the first accused Naitasiri high chief Ratu Inoke Takiveikata, and former Pacific Connex employee Sivaniolo Naulago.

High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan told Naulago: "Your situation is profoundly sad. You could have been one of Fiji's great businessmen. But you fell under the spell of Ballu Khan and the first accused (Ratu Inoke). You were one of the driving forces of this plot. You were the brain behind the meeting."

Third accused Barbados Mills received six years and six months of jail time.

Former Counter Revolutionary Warfare unit soldier Feoko Gadekibua was handed a five year, six month sentence.

Former intelligence chief Metuisela Mua was sentenced to three years and six months in prison.

Eparama Waqatairewa was handed a three year sentence, while Kaminieli Vosavere was jailed for four years.

Pauliasi Namulo was given a three year term.

The eight men and their families wept outside court, as riot police provided security before the men were to be escorted to prison.

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